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Within the Japanese culture series, this area specifically is referring the cultural pillars that affect ministry Japan. So for my missionary friends these posts are for you. We can better learn about the Japanese terms that lead parts of the culture to or away from the love of Christ. It’s not up to us to judge and remembering that is important. Our focus is to listen and to reconcile culture into the commands of the scriptures. Loving God first and loving each other is our highest priority.

Japanese Apprenticeship

Japanese Apprenticeship

Japanese Apprenticeship In Japan, the Do (pronounced ‘dough’) spirit exhibits distinct Japanese cultural values as well as their unique way of learning. Originating from a combination of thought from Ancient Chinese Taoism as well as Zen Buddhism, Do literally means “the way” or way to be followed. The Do spirit follows a distinct pattern as follows: 1) A formal rule-bound pattern to be followed. 2) A constant repetition of the pattern. 3) Mastering the pattern through different levels. 4) Perfecting…

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Japanese Resting in Silence

Japanese Resting in Silence

Japanese Resting in Silence In Japanese culture, a strong emphasis on silence permeates throughout society. The concept of Chinmoku, or silence, has great cultural value in day to day Japanese life. One of the first distinctions a visitor to Japan will notice in comparison with most places in the world will be that Japanese people are generally very careful about how they communicate verbally. This often gives the appearance of low levels of verbal communication wherever people are gathered. Why?…

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The Art of Gift Giving in Japan

The Art of Gift Giving in Japan

The Art of Gift Giving/Zoto Part 8 Japanese Culture Series In the United States soon we will be celebrating Christmas, a real occasion for celebration of Christ’s birth often accompanied with the giving of gifts. However, in Japan, Zoto, or the custom of gift giving, strongly prevails in everyday life. On every important occasion, gifts are given in great quantity all over Japan. From seasonal gifts such as during New Years when hundreds of cards are sent out as well…

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